Catalina Sky Survey
(survey of near-Earth objects)
The Catalina Sky Survey (CSS)
is a survey of near-Earth objects,
i.e., comets and asteroids whose orbits
pass close to that of the Earth.
It was begun in 1998 and progresses.
Its initial goal has been to identify 90%
of objects 1 kilometer or larger.
Two telescopes are used: 1.5 meter
telescope on Mt. Lemon and a 68 cm
telescope near Mt. Bigelow, both
near Tucson, Arizona.
The same data is used for the
Catalina Real-time Transient Survey,
which scans the collected images for transients.
The CSS is the outgrowth of the Bigelow Sky Survey (BSS),
which used photography.
(survey,near-Earth objects,all sky)
Referenced by page:
near-Earth object (NEO)